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Romania struggles to confront Holocaust past

Bucharest - More than 70 years after the Holocaust, the suffering of survivors in Romania is often overlooked or played down, even if the country has taken some steps towards recognising what happened, historians and survivors say.

'Last chance' for Moldova after mass protests: PM

Bucharest - Moldova's new Prime Minister Pavel Filip said Tuesday that his government faces a "last chance" to regain public trust as the country a battles deep political crisis, calling for calm from protesters demanding his resignation.

Angry shepherds — thousands of them — storm Romanian parliament

Bucharest - Nearly 4,000 shepherds stormed Romania's parliament on Tuesday, furious over a new law that limits the number of dogs they can keep to protect their flocks.

Teen's death pushes Romania nightclub fire toll to 60

Bucharest - The death toll in the nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government late last month rose to 60 on Sunday, following the death of a teenaged student in an Austrian hospital, medical sources said.

New Romania PM unveils technocrat government

Bucharest - Romania's prime minister-designate Dacian Ciolos named a technocrat government on Sunday, tapping European Union experts as well as private-sector leaders to steer the country until elections next year.

When Romanian inmates pick up the pen to earn freedom

Bucharest - They may be athletes, businessmen or politicians but the minute they are jailed, Romanian convicts often morph into "men of letters" thanks to a law allowing those who write a book while inside to get out quicker.

Romania nightclub fire toll rises to 54

Bucharest - Four more people have died from injuries sustained in a nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government, bringing the toll to 54, doctors said Thursday.

Former EU commissioner becomes new Romania PM

Bucharest - Former EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos was on Tuesday appointed Romania's new prime minister, following last week's resignation of Victor Ponta after mass anti-government protests sparked by a deadly nightclub fire.

Romania president meets with protesters as fire toll mounts

Bucharest - Romania's president appealed for protesters' support on Sunday in reforming the country, as the death toll rose to 45 from a horrific nightclub fire that brought down the government.

Death toll from Romania nightclub fire rises to 41

Bucharest - The death toll from a horrific nightclub fire in Bucharest that brought down the Romanian government has risen to 41, officials said Saturday.

Romania's ex-PM Ponta in court on graft charges

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who quit as Romania's prime minister this week after mass protests, made his first appearance in court on corruption charges.

Romania's Ponta in court on graft charges after quitting as PM

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who quit as Romania's prime minister this week after mass protests, made his first appearance in court Friday on corruption charges.

Romania appoints new interim PM after deadly nightclub fire

Bucharest - Romania's president appointed Education Minister Sorin Campeanu as interim prime minister to replace Victor Ponta, who quit following mass anti-government protests sparked by a deadly nightclub fire.

Victor Ponta, Romania's fallen star

Bucharest - Victor Ponta, who resigned Wednesday after a deadly nightclub blaze drew tens of thousands into the streets, carried hopes for a renewal of Romanian politics on his young shoulders.

Romanian PM quits over club blaze, but protesters unsatisfied

Bucharest - Romania's embattled Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned Wednesday, after a deadly nightclub blaze prompted mass demonstrations, but his move failed to stop tens of thousands from taking to the streets for a second night.

Bucharest club fire turns political as rally demands PM's ouster

Bucharest - More than 20,000 people rallied in Bucharest Tuesday demanding Romania's prime minister resign over a deadly nightclub fire that claimed 32 lives.

Romanians mourn nightclub fire heroes who died giving 'lesson in love'

Bucharest - Romanians on Tuesday paid tribute to two men who sacrificed their lives to save several youngsters trapped in a burning Bucharest nightclub, hailing them as heroes who gave the country a lesson "in life and love.

Heart of Romanian queen laid to rest after 77-year journey

Bucharest - The heart of British-born queen Marie of Romania was finally laid to rest on Tuesday after criss-crossing the nation for 77 years.

Romania disco bosses arrested over deadly blaze

Bucharest - Three bosses of a nightclub in Romania, where a weekend blaze left 31 people dead and nearly 200 injured were arrested Monday on suspicion of manslaughter, prosecutors said Monday.

Thousands march as Romania disco fire toll rises to 30

Bucharest - Thousands of people marched in central Bucharest on Sunday to honour the victims of a weekend disco fire as the death toll from the tragedy climbed to 30.

Oldest Romanian mine closes after 156 years

- The lift rose slowly, bringing workers to the surface for the last time at Romania's Petrila mine, ending production at what was once a proud symbol of the country's coal indusry.

'Safety rules ignored' in Romania nightclub blaze

Bucharest - Romania's president said Saturday that safety rules may have been ignored at an underground nightclub where a fire and stampede left 27 people dead and nearly 200 injured.

Romania in mourning after Bucharest club blaze kills 27

Bucharest - Romania was plunged into mourning on Saturday after 27 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a fire ripped through an underground nightclub in Bucharest.

Romania probes ex-president for 'crimes against humanity'

Bucharest - A Romanian court has begun a probe into former president Ion Iliescu for alleged crimes against humanity over the violent suppression of protests in 1990, months after the fall of the Communist regime, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Romania begins hearing appeal by ex-head of communist jail

Bucharest - Romania's High Court on Wednesday began hearing an appeal by the former head of a Romanian communist prison against his 20-year jail sentence on charges of crimes against humanity.

Romanian PM shuns first graft hearing, faces no confidence vote

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta did not attend the first hearing in his corruption trial Monday but said he was prepared to testify, as the opposition piled on the pressure by pushing for a vote of no confidence against him.

Romania PM's corruption trial to start Monday: Report

Bucharest - The corruption trial of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will begin on Monday, state news agency Agerpress said on Friday.

Romanian PM Victor Ponta facing graft trial

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta is be tried for corruption, anti-graft prosecutors said Thursday -- the first head of the country's government ever to be put in the dock while still in office.

Romania summons Hungary envoy over border fence plans: ministry

Bucharest - The Romanian foreign ministry said Wednesday it had summoned the Hungarian ambassador to express concern over Budapest's decision to build a fence between the two countries to stop the flow of migrants.

Hungary plans anti-migrant fence along Romania border

Budapest - Hungary plans to build a fence to keep migrants out along part of its border with Romania in addition to the barrier being erected along the frontier with Serbia, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Tuesday.
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Houses that are being restored by Adopt a House.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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Colorful ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
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Ceramic at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
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File photo: Ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, at Iasi, Romania
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Otilia Iancu at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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